On December 31, the Oregon State Supreme Court issued an opinion in Vannatta v Oregon Government Ethics Commission, SC 057570. Here is the unanimous 19-page opinion. The opinion says that even though Oregon has a very strong free speech provision in its Constitution, the Constitution is not violated by an Oregon statute that makes it illegal for lobbyists to give public officials gifts of more than $50.
The opinion also says that a parallel law, making it a crime for a lobbyist to offer such a gift to a public official, is unconstitutional, because it violates free speech. The decision acknowledges that the right to offer such a gift is, practically speaking, of little significance, since the public official is legally required to refuse such a gift.
Finally, the decision says that the plaintiffs don’t have standing to challenge a third law, which makes it illegal for a public official to ask a lobbyist for a gift. None of the plaintiffs include public officials, and only a public official would have standing to challenge that law. Obviously it is extremely unlikely that any public official would ever file a lawsuit against that third law.